Phil Leadbetter to Atlanta Country Music HoF

Phil Leadbetter at the 2015 Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame inductionPhil Leadbetter, award-winning bluegrass reso-guitarist and everyone’s favorite Uncle Phil, was inducted over the weekend into the Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame. Though born in Knoxville in 1962, Phil lived in Atlanta as a boy.

These awards have been in distributed since they were founded in 1982 to recognize country music artists who are connected to Georgia by birth, past residence, or having a significant career in the state.

Phil made the trip to accept his induction in person on November 28, and was honored to accept it on stage. He reports having had a rough week following medical treatment in Nashville on Wednesday, but rebounded on Thanksgiving day and was able to travel to Atlanta. His treatment is to contain a third emergence non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Other prominent artists inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame include:

  • Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
  • Brenda Lee
  • Bill Anderson
  • Jack Green
  • Billy Joe Royal
  • Pete Drake
  • Freddie Weller
  • Mac Wiseman
  • Razzy Bailey
  • Chet Atkins
  • Jim and Jessie
  • Faron Young
  • Vern Gosdin
  • Ray Stevens
  • Johnny Paycheck
  • Doug Stone
  • Roy Drusky
  • Terri Gibbs
  • Dottie Rambo
  • George Jones
  • The Marksmen
  • Jerry Reed

Congratulations Phil!

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